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Warning over illegal waste dumping

Almost a third of agricultural businesses and rural land owners across the North East, Yorkshire and Humber have had illegal waste dumped on their land in the last three years, according to new research.

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The front cover of this year's Visitor Guide.

New visitor guide will be hot off press at North Tourism Fair

This year’s Northumberland Coast AONB Visitor Guide will be hot off the press in time for the North Tourism Fair next week in Alnwick.

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The close season for coarse fishing on rivers starts tomorrow.

River patrols planned as coarse fishing close season starts

Anglers are being reminded that the close season for coarse fishing in rivers starts tomorrow.

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A male hen harrier in flight. Picture by Andy Hay, RSPB Images

Have you spotted one of these birds?

The RSPB is calling on eagled-eyed wildlife fans to keep a look out for hen harriers, one of England’s rarest birds of prey.

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Pictured at the official acceptance of the transfer are, front, Sam Beattie from Isoss Morpeth office and Morpeth Mayor Andrew Tebbutt. Behind them, from left, are Coun Nic Best representing Morpeth Town Council's allotments committee, Tracey Bell, Clerk to the town council and Rebecca Summers and Lewis Rimington from Isos.

Council grows number of allotment plots it runs in town by 28

A set of allotments in Morpeth are now back in community ownership.

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RSPB calls for action as birds of prey continue to be killed

RSPB calls for action as birds of prey continue to be killed

Illegal persecution of birds of prey is still happening all too regularly in the countryside, including Northumberland, according to the RSPB’s Birdcrime 2015 report.

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Project volunteer David Tunnell, left, Coun Ian Lindley and Lesley Tweddle.

New polytunnel planned for horticulture project

A community horticulture project in Morpeth is going from strength to strength, as plans are now in place to grow its facilities.

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Coun Andrew Tebbutt by a couple of the trees that were cut down outside County Hall on Saturday.

Removal of trees at County Hall site angers residents

The felling of some trees outside County Hall in Morpeth has been strongly criticised by residents and councillors.

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Fly-tipping near Norham

Asbestos fly-tipping cases soar across Northumberland

A surge of asbestos fly-tipping incidents across Northumberland is causing environmental and health concerns.

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The blackbird was the most common playground visitor in 2016. Picture courtesy of RSPB

Schools can take part in Birdwatch

Children all over Northumberland are swapping books for binoculars to take part in the UK’s biggest schools wildlife survey.

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Many prosecutions as a result of agency’s enforcement actions

Many prosecutions as a result of agency’s enforcement actions

Almost £220,000 in fines and costs were imposed by courts in 2016 following Environment Agency investigations into those flouting waste and fishing laws in the North East.

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Chimney collapse at Low Greens in Berwick.

Council staff on standby for windy weather

Northumberland County Council teams are on standby to tackle any issues caused by the windy weather forecast over the coming days.

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Children get involved in the Adopt an Acorn project.

From the little acorns, mighty oaks will grow

The Dene between Lynemouth and Ellington is now host to more than 100 new oak trees thanks to an initiative which involved local youngsters.

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Northumberland County Councils Chris Slaughter, Bolam Lake 200 development officer, Coun Alan Sambrook and Coun Ian Swithenbank.

National Tree Week marked at Bolam

Two hundred new trees are popping up across Bolam Lake Country Park as special guests continue to help to mark 200 years since the creation of the lake and its surrounding landscape.

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Expanding Morpeth’s sewer network

Northumbrian Water is working with Northumberland County Council, various developers and external partners to upgrade the sewer network in Morpeth.

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Icy mornings may be on the cards this weekend.

A wintry weekend: Your North East forecast from the Met Office

Frosty mornings and heavy showers are forecast for the North East this weekend.
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Coun Ian Swithenbank.

Council’s warning on cowboy collectors

Don’t trust a ‘white van man’ offering to get rid of your rubbish on the cheap – that’s the message from Northumberland County Council after a string of fly-tipping incidents from unscrupulous waste collectors.

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The Met Office is warning drivers to be careful if they're planning to take routes that go over higher ground in the coming days.

Snow warning: North East could see 'several centimetres'

The heavy rain is set to turn into snow in area of the North East over the coming days, according to the Met Office.
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Protestors against the Highthorn opencast at Druridge Bay during the demonstration at County Hall that took place before the county planning meeting.

Fresh call over opencast scheme objections

Residents opposing a controversial scheme to build a surface mine in Northumberland are being urged to submit their objection to a national body.

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Part of the new salmon ladder on Olivers Mill weir in Morpeth.

New structure in the river in aid of salmon and sea trout

The Northumberland Rivers Trust (NRT) recently completed a new ‘salmon ladder’ on Oliver’s Mill weir in Morpeth.

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